New Delhi, July 25: Navjot Singh Sidhu, who jolted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) resigning from Rajya Sabha, on Monday took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing media for the first time after resigning. Navjot Singh Sidhu made scathing attack on Narendra Modi saying that the Prime Minister was sidelining him. Sidhu claimed that BJP leadership had asked him to stay away from Punjab, his home state.

Accusing the BJP leadership of ignoring him after its victory in Lok Sabha elections 2014, Navjot Singh Sidhu said when Narendra Modi came to power, he sidelined me. “When Modi wave came, it drowned everyone including me,” said visibly agitated Sidhu. The cricketer-turned-politician said he relinquished his Rajya Sabha membership as he was repeatedly being “asked to stay away from Punjab” which he was not prepared to do. (ALSO READ: ‘Won’t betray my roots’: Navjot Singh Sidhu breaks silence after quitting RS but stays mum about joining AAP)

“I resigned from Rajya Sabha because I was told to not turn towards Punjab and stay away from Punjab… Why should I stay away from Punjab and on whose wishes,” Sidhu asked while speaking to reporters. “This was not the first time that I was being asked to stay away from Punjab… This is for the third or fourth time,” Sidhu added.

When asked about the reports of him joining Aam Aadmi Party, Sidhu refused to comment. He did not mention whether he has quit BJP or joined AAP or wished to be Punjab chief ministerial candidate. Watch Navjot Singh Sidhu’s direct attack on PM Modi below: